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NFL Week 5 value picks and weak betting lines to exploit

first_imgArizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Paul Brown StadiumWe see the NFL odds move, to and fro, throughout the week but the key is to look for those lines that pass onto, or through, critical numbers. In this case, we have just such an example as the Bengals opened as 4.5 point faves but that number has slipped all the way to 3 which means it not only went through the 4 but has landed on just a field goal head start for the visiting Cardinals.The public sentiment on this game is that Cincinnati is lousy and so is Arizona but the Cardinals have that kid under center, Kyler Murray, who is fun to watch. Trust me when I tell you that is the rudimentary logic that the masses are using in evaluating this matchup. MORE WEEK 5 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-upThis move, although only 1.5 points, does not smack of wise guy money on the Cardinals, and thus pushing this line down. This is more of a known commodity in Murray that has had flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign versus a veteran like Andy Dalton who has slipped from a top 10 QB to somewhere in the middle.Let Joe Q. Public send it in as we get sterling value with a Bengals’ team that offers a decent defense against a wide-eyed rookie which could very easily manifest into turnovers and set up good field position for the veteran Dalton and the Bengals’ offense. Let your buddies poke fun at you backing a winless team but remember, the Cards are winless as well, the venue favors the Cats, and the line has dropped to a point where including Cincinnati in your NFL picks makes sense … and in the end, dollars!Final score: Bengals 27, Cardinals 21Free NFL pick: Cardinals to cover -3 (-115)Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints (-5.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Superdome​Can you say, “overreaction”? Well I know I can, and that is exactly what this move is all about as the Saints plummet from 5 ½ point home chalk to -3, due almost entirely to Jameis Winston’s gridiron heroics last week when he tossed for four touchdowns and 385 yards in a 55-40 stunner over the heavily favored Rams.But if you have been following Winston’s career then you’ve seen this movie before. He’s a stud athlete who is prone to judgment lapses, both on and off the field, which has led to a career of few peaks and many valleys.MORE: Week 5 underdogs with good odds to beat the spreadThe Bucs will be basking in the afterglow of that huge win over the Super Bowl runner-ups from last season and I am telling you they will be flat coming into this one down on the bayou. Although it’s true that the Saints will be without future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater has turned from a potential superstar when he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft into a motivated game manager. That’s not a bad thing against a Bucs’ team with a woeful defense and one that is susceptible to giving up points in bunches. Get down on New Orleans and cash a ticket when the day is done.Final score: Saints 31, Bucs 24Free NFL pick: Saints to cover -3 (-115) Every week we see weak lines ready to be exploited, and Week 5 in the NFL is no exception. Let’s isolate a few games where the numbers are begging us to bet them.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Reviewlast_img read more

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Helen charges back to win English senior title

first_img Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe staged a superb fightback to become the new English senior women’s amateur champion at Woodall Spa.She’d been trailing Julie Brown – the defending champion – since the turn and was three down after 14 holes of the final. But then she turned the tide. She produced a pair of birdies to launch a charge and won four holes in a row to snatch victory on the 18th.“That was when I started pinching myself and thinking ‘Is it really me that has done this?’ It’s absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t happier,” she said.Lowe (image © Leaderboard Photography), who has twice been the Leicestershire county champion, was playing in this event for only the second time. On her debut last year she qualified for the second flight match play; this time she played her way comfortably into the championship match play and proceeded to despatch a series of high quality opponents.First to fall was former champion Caroline Berry (Bromborough), followed by international Lulu Housman (Highgate) and then, in the semi-final, the number two seed Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).The final brought her up against Staffordshire’s Brown, who was not only the defending champion, but also the top seed and an international who last year helped England become European and Home International champions.The first few holes were closely contested, but Lowe (Scraptoft) hit a wobble in the middle, lost her putting touch for a few holes and was three down after 14. But then her feel on the greens returned and she started an unbeatable charge, with birdies on the 15th and 16th, followed by a solid par on 17 to get back to all square.On the 18th Lowe’s birdie putt stayed out, but finished stone dead, while Brown (Trentham) missed a three-foot par putt to keep the match alive.The title belonged to Lowe and she said: “It’s been great, senior golf has opened up a whole new world.” As well as playing in England events, she also finished sixth in last year’s British senior championships.The Flight Two matchplay was won by Debbie Warren (King’s Norton) on her debut appearance in this event, beating former international Roz Adams (Royal Blackheath) by 5/3 in the final.“It was a really good match,” said Warren, who has been Staffordshire county champion three times. “It was nip and tuck at the beginning, and Roz holed some very good putts, but over the last five or six holes I went up a gear.“My long game was fantastic and I hit some iron shots close and had a couple of birdies.”On her way to the final Warren defeated past senior champion Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park), and former British senior champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest).“I played really good golf over the two days and I’m certainly level par for the four rounds, or under par,” said Warren.She described the match play rounds as a “fresh start” after the two days of stroke play qualifying, played in brutal conditions of strong winds and rain.Click here for full scores 8 May 2015 Helen charges back to win English senior title last_img read more

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Rebels nip Leafs; Aynsley commits to Northern Michigan

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsErik Wentzel scored a power play goal with eight minutes left in the game to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 4-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the third straight for the Leafs. Castlegar has dominated the season series against the Nelson losing only one game.The teams conclude the West Kootenay rivalry tonight in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7:30 p.m.Castlegar led 2-1 after one period on goals by Spencer Brodt and Ryan Aynsley.  Jeff Hodgkinson scored his first goal in a Leaf jersey to keep the home team close.Stuart Walton had the only marker of the second to increase the Rebel lead to 3-1. Dallon Stoddart gave the home side some life scoring seven minutes into the third.But the Murdoch Division leaders power play finally clicked with Wentzel restoring the two-goal lead. Evan J. Moir scored with four minute remaining in the game to make the score close.Castlegar out shot the Leafs by a wide margin with Alex Ross registering the win in goal.Marcus Beesley, getting a lot of work for Nelson between the pipes with Darren Hogg still on the injury list, took the loss.ICE CHIPS: Ryan Aynsley, 20, has verbally committed to a scholarship offer at Northern Michigan University. Aynsley, a native of Kelowna, leads the Rebels in scoring with 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 points in 35 games. Aynsley spent some time with Trail of the BCHL, but decided to return to the Rebels prior to the roster deadline in January. [email protected]last_img read more

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FAVORED WILD IN THE SADDLE HANDY 6 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES UNDER BEJARANO

first_imgRACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED THROUGH ‘ELITE TURF CLUB’ PAYS $385,622.40 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–Odds on favorite Wild in the Saddle made short work of three California-bred or sired fillies and mares in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old mare by Silic was attentive to a fast pace and took charge midway around the far turn en route to getting a flat mile in 1:36.73.Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Sudden Sunday, who broke from the inside, was hustled to a narrow advantage over the winner into and around the Club House turn, but Wild in the Saddle opened up leaving the quarter pole and the Dream of Summer was over.“The trainer told me to go to the lead, but when I saw Sudden Sunday rushing too much into the first turn, I just decided to let her go,” said Bejarano. “My horse doesn’t have to be on the lead and the way she was going I didn’t have to worry about the lead. I was holding her as long as I could and when we hit the three eighths pole, I asked her to pick it up and she showed me a big kick. She won easy.”With no show wagering, Wild in the Saddle was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40. Owned by Nadine Anderson and Cheyenne Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle was bred in California by Dinesh Maniar. The Dream of Summer marked Wild in the Saddle’s first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 34-8-1-9. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $289,318.“She’s starting to relax in her training finally,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who is currently out of town. “It took a long time to get there. I think she can go a mile and a sixteenth and I think anywhere from seven furlongs, that will be her thing…It pays to have a Cal-bred.The longest shot in the field at 7-1, Melanistic, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, moved into contention when a close third going into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Grazenette. Melanistic paid $4.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.63, 46.13, 1:11.15 and 1:23.94.With a Pick Six carryover of $92,696.80 coming into Sunday, today’s total Pick Six pool reached $641,020.62, and there was just one winning ticket, worth $385,622.40. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount through the Elite Turf Club wagering hub.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Middlesex star Gubbins stumbles as he celebrates taking catch

first_imgA full house at Lord’s – the home of cricket – with some 25,000 pairs of eyes on you as you prepare to catch a ball falling out of the sky. It’s no time to mess up.Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins did the hard bit, claiming the ball safely. It was the celebration he got badly wrong.His team-mates weren’t going to let him forget it, either.Watch his moment of embarrassment as Middlesex defeated Surrey in Thursday’s T20 clash (video courtesy of Lord’s TV).MORE: Superb Middlesex dispatch Surrey in T20See also:For club and country: Gubbins aiming to emulate idol StraussSuperb Middlesex dispatch Surrey in T20Middlesex T20 clash at Taunton called offGubbins signs ‘dream’ new deal at MiddlesexPlayers will drive T20 tactics – MalanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Rematch comes with Steph, Draymond in place

first_imgThe Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Raptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle …last_img

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Mack slips past Eureka

first_imgIf McKinleyville’s nearly three-week long stretch of no games causes the club to incur any rust, it didn’t show.And now the Panthers are a win away from their first outright Big 5 Conference championship since 2011.The McKinleyville High softball team, behind a complete-game performance from pitcher McKenzie Gonsalves and a few-too-many errors on behalf of Eureka, picked up a 7-4 win at home on Wednesday.The win assures McKinleyville — now 10-0 in conference — a share of the Big 5 crown, a …last_img

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SuperSport stun Manchester City

first_img15 July 2013It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Manchester football supporter. England champions United lost 1-0 to a Singha All Stars XI in Thailand, while runners-up City went down 2-0 to South African Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.It was an inauspicious first game in charge of Manchester City for Manuel Pellegrini after his move from Spain’s Malaga.Although missing some star players, the Sky Blues trotted out plenty of big guns for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match, but Pellegrini chose to play two different sides in each half and it backfired as SuperSport United upset their more fancied opponents.ChancesThe visitors created some decent opportunities in the first half, but were left to rue not taking any of them when Mame Niang netted for Matsatsantsa in the 56th minute. Kermit Erasmus then ensured a win for SuperSport with a second goal in the 81st minute.Afterwards, Pellegrini told the Manchester City Football Club website: “First of all it’s my first match in charge, but for Manchester City and for me it’s an honour to participate here in South Africa.“The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.‘I’m not worried’“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season. I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”Pellegrini used the game to give new signing Fernandinho a run-out, but his star- studded side failed to impress.Edin Dzeko had City’s best chance of an entertaining first half, but Ronwen Williams raced out of his goal to pull off a brave double-save at the Bosnian star’s feet.The contest flowed back and forth as SuperSport showed no fear of their big-name opponents and took the game to them, opening up a number of chances down the right flank.Second halfIn the second half, City’s new line-up lacked some of the cohesion the first half team had exhibited and they paid for it when United, who like City had made a number of changes, took the lead through Mame Niang, who rose high to meet an Innocent Mdledle cross and head home and put SuperSport into the lead.Substitute Kermit Erasmus then sealed the victory nine minutes from time after a strong run and shot past Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.United’s new coach, Cavin Johnson, who has taken over from Gavin Hunt, who was in charge for six years, tried to downplay the result, saying his players should not read too much into it.He did suggest, though, that similar commitment would put them in the hunt for PSL honours.AmazuluManchester City next face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Kick-off is at 20:00.AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guiness Book of Records, is on display in Durban.The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior.last_img read more

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Martin to lead Field to Faucet program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will say they’re the solution.Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.“It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology.Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the Lake Erie basin, again in concert with researchers from a variety of disciplines.Field to Faucet was conceived and funded by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which put $1 million toward the effort after dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. Microcystin is a toxin made by some algae.“Jay’s interdisciplinary approach in Louisiana and here in Ohio made him the ideal leader for Field to Faucet,” McPheron said. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds. Jay has the ability to bring people together to solve this complicated issue.”Field to Faucet involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities. Already, five projects have launched, Martin said.1. One app under development will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.2. Another project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.3. Another focus is removing phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.4. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in another project to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.5. The final project will develop a sensor to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Martin also will serve as the faculty leader of the university’s Global Water Initiative, an umbrella effort from the Office of Research that encompasses Field to Faucet along with Wells to Wellness, a water supply endeavor starting in Tanzania, and Coastal Resiliency, an international disaster preparedness effort.In addition, Martin will be working with Ohio Sea Grant, which is housed at Ohio State, which is managing the funding and reporting of related water quality projects recently funded by $2 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and matched by Ohio State and other universities across Ohio to address harmful algal blooms.last_img read more